Media outlets and liberals, including elected Democrats, were quick to blame climate change for the deadly tornadoes that ripped through the Midwest over the weekend.
President Joe Biden announced that he would ask the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct an investigation into the role climate change played in the storms that caused fatalities in Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas and Tennessee on Friday night. The total death toll from the tornadoes could surpass 100 after emergency responders clear the debris, according to Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear who called the storm the worst in state history.
“All that I know is that the intensity of the weather across the board has some impact as a consequence of the warming of the planet and the climate change,” Biden told reporters on Saturday.
“The specific impact on these specific storms, I can’t say at this point,” he continued. “I’m going to be asking the EPA and others to take a look at that. But the fact is that we all know everything is more intense when the climate is warming — everything. And, obviously, it has some impact here.”
The president approved an emergency declaration for Kentucky, allowing the federal government to assist in the cleanup and rescue efforts on the ground.